Sprint drops TDD efforts, backs FDD; BlackBerry promises $200 Foxconn phone

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@FierceWireless: BlackBerry chief John Chen says keyboards are the key for business customers. Article via @InaFried[email protected]

> Microsoft's CEO selection likely won't happen this month. Article

> Intel said not to expect a lot of dual Windows-Android devices, at least initially. Article

> Verizon Wireless announced the winners of its Powerful Answers campaign. Release

> Qualcomm's CEO said the company has not received details about an investigation into the company's business in China. Article

> BlackBerry said its upcoming Foxconn phone will cost under $200. Article

> ZTE showed off a modular phone called the Eco-Mobius. Article

> Samsung and Apple have agreed to allow a mediator to intervene in their patent infringement disagreement. Article

> Samsung promised to release the Galaxy S5 by April. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Sprint switched gears and is now backing the FDD standard rather than TDD plan for the upcoming 600 MHz auction Article

> Software company Wolfram has partnered with Intel to implement the Wolfram Language on the Intel Edison, an SD-card-size computer that can be used with Internet-connected wearables and other diminutive devices destined to play roles in the emerging Internet of Things. Article

Telecom News

> Seattle's new Mayor Ed Murray said the city's proposed 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the home (FTTH) plan with Gigabit Squared is not moving forward, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. Article

> AT&T has gotten permission from the FCC to withdraw its proposed tariff changes on TDM-based special access services it sells to competitive service providers. Article

> TDS has found that in the wireline segment of its business, the best opportunities lie within the managed services and cable industry segments. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable lost 215,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter, bleeding nearly twice as many customers as it did during the same period in 2012, CFO Arthur Minson said at a Citigroup conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Article

> Dish Network has signed carriage deals with multiple programming suppliers that would allow for the distribution of live TV networks on an over-the-top video platform, CEO Joseph Clayton said Wednesday. Article

European Wireless News

> Four companies won spectrum in Slovakia's auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, meaning that the market is to gain a new mobile operator in the form of Swan, which already provides fixed telecoms services across the country. Article

> EE said it now counts 2 million LTE subscribers. Article

> EchoStar said it acquired full ownership of Dublin-based mobile satellite services operator Solaris Mobile from former parents Eutelsat and SES. Article

And finally… Wireless comes to the Channel Tunnel. Article